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Chair Report - March, 2011 - Gary Snyder

"Building the base, growing the future."

Work to Done

Two years ago there were significant problems with the timing of events during the USA Indoor Championships in Landover MD after which changes were made to the contract between USATF and the LOC hosting the meet. The intent was to ensure a higher level of quality by specifying what equipment such as computers, cameras etc., were required to be used by the timing company.

If you competed in Albuquerque you know there were problems again! As of today the USATF official on line results reflect the following:

All 60m races are currently under review

Currently the Games Committee and the timing company are reviewing the data and as soon as they’re confident that the results are accurate they will be posted again.

The real issue is how to ensure it doesn’t happen again! One proposal is for our committee to hire the timing company, which would be used for all USA Championships. This would be expensive but it would eliminate many of the issues with using local timing companies.

WMA Athlete Social Event (aka party)

After some discussion with athletes during the Athletes Meeting on Saturday evening (in Bob Wiener’s suite) we decided that the event would be on Sunday evening July 10th. I have proceeded with a search for a venue to hold 150 with a cost of $15 per person. We’ll have light refreshments, a cash bar and maybe quiet music. More to follow later.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Educational Info

Andy Martin in the National Office has arranged for broadcasts to continue the education for athletes competing in our USA Outdoor Championships where drug testing will begin. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday March 22     6-7 PM MDT
Tuesday March 29     10-11 AM MDT
Tuesday April 5     1-2 PM MDT

The link is HERE.

Also the surcharge for the outdoor meet will be increased to $25, which includes the cost of testing.

See you on the track!

Gary Snyder

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